web analytics
August 20, 2014 / 24 Av, 5774
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



Oh the Options… Where to Have a Baby in the NY Area


Wizenfeld-032213-Birthing

Having a baby today is all about making decisions. Which doctor to go to. Which hospital to deliver at. What are your health concerns. Do you want to go natural. Do you want convenience. Where is your insurance accepted. Which hospital has the best reputation. Etc., etc., etc.

Living in New York, with over a dozen major, top-quality hospitals within driving distance, the umbrella of choices becomes that much larger. In contrast to smaller cities where expectant parents are limited to two or three respected hospitals, New York offers a wealth of top doctors, hospitals, and other health resources.

So whether it’s you or a loved one who is expecting to give birth in the near future, let this article serve as a starting point for your research in making this most important decision. As any new mom can attest (this reporter included!), the quality of your birth environment and experience has a critical impact on your emotional wellbeing and early bonding with your newborn. So take your time, do your research and make the choice that’s best for you.

How to Choose a Hospital and Healthcare Provider

Madeline Jaffe, a parent-family education manager and childbirth educator at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center said the first step is for a women to actually plumb the depths of her own psychology and figure out what her personal needs are and what type of healthcare consumer she is.

“While some people may want to go to a provider that’s very directive, where the healthcare consumer feels that this individual is highly trained with years of experience and ‘who am I to question them’ others may prefer a more natural and holistic attitude, where they feel, ‘if something’s not broken, don’t fix it.’” Those people should have a different healthcare provider, one who is not quick to do interventions but will let things take a natural course, Jaffe said.

“Some people are in love with 21st century technology and embrace all the bells and whistles, and some hospitals in the city have a reputation for being more high-tech. They’ll have doctors on staff who will not necessarily embrace a more natural approach, and they may push epidurals, push testing, they may be quicker to induce rather than take a wait and see attitude.”

The most important thing, Jaffe said, is to have a partnership with your physician or midwife and discuss your needs and expectations so you can chart your course.

Services to Look For in a Hospital

When evaluating a hospital, Jaffe recommends looking at the kinds of services the hospital provides:

* Do both midwives and physicians deliver?

* What level of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) do they have? (Expectant parents should look for a level 3 which provides for all situations.) What sort of NICU services do they provide?

* Do they have a maternal/fetal health medicine department and offer genetic testing and counseling?

* Do they offer a variety of courses, ranging from childbirth classes to parenting classes?

* Do they have lactation consultants 24/7 or only a few times a week?

* Does the hospital provide for rooming-in, allowing the baby to stay with the mother immediately after birth, which is good for bonding and early development?

* Do they have 24-hour OB anesthesia, allowing you to get pain relief whenever necessary?

Sara Chana Silverstein, a doula and lactation consultant who practices in LA and NY, recommended finding a hospital that is registered as “baby-friendly.” This means a new mother has the option of “rooming-in” and having the baby stay with her, as opposed to staying in the nursery, as well as the opportunity to breastfeed on the birthing table, among other things. “You can call a hospital to find out if they are registered,” she said.

Silverstein also recommended finding out if they have lactation consultants on call – a lot of hospitals advertise lactation consultants, but once you’re at the hospital you may find out they only come in twice a week for a half-day, which may not be when you need them.

“People should always take a tour to see the facility,” Silverstein suggested. She said that often in the big hospitals in NY where hundreds of babies are delivered each month, it can feel like giving birth in a factory – “you tend to be like a number.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Oh the Options… Where to Have a Baby in the NY Area”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Steven Sotloff is believed to be the journalist in the IS video who is threatened with beheading unless Obama stops interfering with the terrorist group.
ISIS Beheads American Journalist, Threatens Obama Will Repeat
Latest Sections Stories
Lewis-081514-Anna-Ticho

“I didn’t choose the landscape; it chose me.”

Astaire-081514

Woe to us that we have to be put to death like common heathen and murderers!

Baim-081514

The world sees the hand of God through us, and does not like it.

Rosen-081514-Amen

The Rebbetzin began campaigning to increase public awareness of the importance of saying Amen.

Some educators today believe that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder falls into an executive function category.

It’s ironic that the reality of death is often the greatest force steering the affirmation of life.

The theme of the event was “Together Let us Rebuild our Holy Beis HaMikdash on Tisha B’Av.”

Chaya Aydel Seminary has already established a close connection with France’s Jewish community.

All attendees left with fervent wishes for a swift and lasting peace in Israel.

How can awareness evolve from exploding stars?

Is God apologizing for taking away my Father? Is God telling me that He is sorry?

The traditional services that take place here transport visitors back in time, enabling them to smell and feel the authentic historical experience.

More Articles from Rachel Wizenfeld
Wizenfeld-032213-Birthing

Having a baby today is all about making decisions. Which doctor to go to. Which hospital to deliver at. What are your health concerns. Do you want to go natural. Do you want convenience. Where is your insurance accepted. Which hospital has the best reputation. Etc., etc., etc.

book-cooking-w-o-measuring

There are two primary forms of measuring when it comes to cooking, and our goal is to wean you away from both of them to the greatest extent possible. (There is also a third form of measuring, but doing without it can be risky and, based on my own disaster-stories, I don’t advise it.)

Like clockwork, the question of school vouchers makes a prominent appearance whenever the media focus on a statewide election in New York, particularly one in a heavily Orthodox district. The latest chime was sounded during the battle between Lew Fidler and David Storobin to fill an open state senate seat; both promised constituents that they would make the fight for vouchers and tax education credits their priority.

For today’s Jew seeking to grow spiritually, there’s mussar, and then there is modern psychology. Armed with 20th century research on how behaviors develop and how humans create internal change, today’s Jewish do-gooder has an arsenal of tools beyond Pirkei Avos and the mussar masters to work on problems like, say, gossiping or overeating.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/health/oh-the-options-where-to-have-a-baby-in-the-ny-area/2013/03/21/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: